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Maternity Safety Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8b

Main area
Maternity Safety
NHS AfC: Band 8b
Fixed Term Contract / Secondment for 12 months
Part Time 22.5 hours per week
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£49,242 - £59,964 per annum pro rata
19/08/2018 23:59

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and professional individual to work across The Strategic Clinical Networks and Health Innovation Manchester working as Safety Lead in the Local Maternity System (LMS).

The Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN) supports health systems to improve health outcomes of their local communities by connecting commissioners, providers, professionals, patients and the public across pathways of care to share best practice and innovation, measure and benchmark quality and outcomes, and drive improvement.

The SCN is guided by best clinical evidence and strategies, and is part of the devolved Health and Social Care System in Greater Manchester. More than ever Networks will be guided first and foremost by what makes the best sense for the people of Greater Manchester. In light of this, ‘Taking Charge’ – The Plan for Greater Manchester guides the Networks alongside partners across the Health and Care System in Greater Manchester in the delivery of health and social care.

As part of Health Innovation Manchester, the Academic Health Science Network Patient Safety Collaborative is at the forefront of leading on improving patient safety across its population of over 2.8 million people. Their role is to seek out and bring forward a constant flow of innovations, accelerating them through the evaluation process and supporting them through our devolved decision-making structures so they are accepted at pace system-wide. The aim of the work is to transform the health and well-being of the population of Greater Manchester.

As Safety Lead within the Local Maternity System, the post holder will enjoy the challenge of working across two busy teams, the successful candidate will:

  • Be a system leader for coordinating improvements in maternity safety across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire.
  • Develop process for capturing learning from incidents and sharing learning across the LMS
  • Lead and support maternity safety quality improvement programmes within GMEC services.
  • Work with providers, commissioners and women and families, and other stakeholders to implement the plans for improving safety and quality within maternity services, providing leadership and support across GMEC.
  • Drive reform and support organisational change and uptake of maternity safety innovations, best practice and improvement.
  • Develop and communicate the vision for the role of innovation, and the implementation of Better Births and the GM&EC Maternity and Neonatal Strategy.
  • Engage with key strategic regional and national policy makers to inform the development of GM&EC maternity safety policies and strategy including the AHSN networks.
  • Identify examples of good practice for capturing and sharing lessons from incidents and ensure that these are shared and implemented across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire.
  • Act as a change agent among providers of maternity services, healthcare professionals and commissioners working to deliver maternity services.
  • Act as a GM&EC LMS and Health Innovation Manchester Patient Safety Collaborative conduit for sharing learning and spreading best practice arising from national research, local investigations or initiatives, championing and accelerating Innovations to improve maternity care.
  • Making appropriate links with and acting as a regional conduit for safety messages, sharing learning between trust-level board and maternity safety champions and the national maternity safety champions.
  • Work in partnership with existing leaders across the GM&EC LMS, including Health Innovation Manchester Patient Safety Collaborative Clinical Lead for the Maternity and Neonatal safety Collaborative, supporting the ongoing development of the Maternity and Neonatal Learning System to improve maternity safety in a coordinated approach.

This post is available as Fixed Term Contract / Secondment opportunity for 3 days per week (22.5 hours) for 12 months from the date of appointment. You will need to ensure current line manager approval for a secondment if you are currently working within the NHS.

There is a real opportunity for the post-holder to influence a change in the culture of safety within the maternity services across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire, joining an existing team of clinical leads and project managers to drive improvements. We are looking for individuals that can be professional and challenging, methodical and creative, but above all people who put patients and the quality and safety of care they receive at the heart of all they do. You will be accountable and responsible jointly to the Health Innovation Manchester (HInM) Associate Director and Associate Director of the Strategic Clinical Network (SCN).

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see the job description for competencies.

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